Say Ahhhh To Get More Zzzzz’s
Healthy teeth, healthy gums and now…. healthy sleep?
For those who have never consulted a dentist about treatment for sleep apnea and snoring, it may be time to make an appointment.
Dental sleep medicine is a growing segment of dentistry that focuses on managing snoring and sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy (OAT) – an effective alternative to the standard continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine and mask.
Oral appliance therapy (OAT) uses a mouth guard-like device worn only during sleep to maintain an open, unobstructed airway. OAT devices prevent the airway from collapsing by supporting the jaw in a forward position. Research suggests that oral appliance therapy offers a higher patient compliance rate than CPAP.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
According to the AADSM, 25 million adults in the U.S. have obstructive sleep apnea, which causes them to stop breathing up to hundreds of times a night for anywhere from a few seconds to more than a minute. If left untreated, sleep apnea is a potentially life threatening condition that can increases the risk for serious health problems from congestive heart failure, stroke, high blood pressure and heart disease to diabetes, obesity, depression and impotence.
Loud and frequent snoring is not just a nighttime annoyance; it is often a red flag for larger health problems. Understanding the impact of snoring on health, and the treatment options available, helps snorers make smarter, healthier lifestyle choices that are sure to positively impact them and their families for the long term.
We can help determine if your snoring is indicative of a more severe problem. Call Dr. Waddell and make an appointment.
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